Category Archive: Environment

Earth Day Update: Base Construction Works to Eliminate Wastewater Across All Industries

What is Wastewater?

Before we can create a construction solution, we need to know the origin of the problem. Wastewater is a by-product of domestic, commercial, industrial or agricultural activities that rely on or use water in any capacity. This puts the responsibility of preventing wastewater leakage squarely on the shoulders of all industries, sectors, and even those at home.

Wastewater contains traces of heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and raw sewage. It contaminates everything it comes in contact with. It also has the potential to taint underground water reservoirs. When run unchecked and untreated, it upsets a delicate ecological balance that allows unwanted organisms to thrive and can wipe out the populations of native occupants like fish.

Rain and snow run-offs or melts also need to be treated before they can be recycled, but they are not intrinsically compromised by human activities.

Wastewater Demands $150 Billion:

Given the fact that trillions of gallons of wastewater find their way into the US water systems every year, the EPA has estimated that 270 billion dollars is needed to clean up the mess.

This astronomical figure is 150 billion dollars short of what the government can aggregate today.

With resources tight, and industrial and commercial activities on an upswing, and the present state of wastewater disposal at a D+.

Today, spans of sectors beyond “go-green” initiatives need to consider alternatives to processing wastewater.

A Realistic Solution:

Operations in states like California, where droughts currently exist, need to implement diligent wastewater treatment. Not only is this an environmental ask, it is also the surest way to avoid fines for health and preservation code violations.

A (robust) underground wastewater draining system can eliminate contamination hazards.

At Base Construction Inc. We’ve wrapped up several drainage system projects for a wide array of industries. Some include: food and produce operations, sanitary collection companies, and recycling plants.

The Base Construction team specialize in:

  • Finding the right solution to waste water overrun.
  • Select the equipment, piping, and control logic.
  • Supply and install foundation, structural steel, equipment installation, electrical, and process piping

After your underground piping system is in place, wastewater will safely collect and easily route to the nearest home of clarification, cleaning, and degreasing.

After the washing process, your water is then introduced into the city systems from where it is repurposed by the state infrastructure to produce reclaim water for landscaping and cooling tower usage.

This April 22nd, Base Construction is fully committing to helping So-Cal industries toe waste water disposal guidelines.

If you are interested in learning more about our piping systems for your wastewater projects, request information or connect with us today. You can also follow our projects and industry-wide updates by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Happy Earth Day!

Safety Series Part I: Safety Guard Standards

At Base Construction, we treat safety seriously, taking action to protect the well-being of all of those involved in industrial field projects. In hopes that our actions will motivate other industry members to follow suit, we are presenting a 3-part series on safety practices that our Southern California company implements.

Today we’re delving into the importance of safety guards for rotating equipment.

What are Safety Guards?

Guards are on-site safety protectors that shield those working with rotating equipment from potential hazards. The benefit is that they do so without compromising quality or efficiency of a working system. We use top-quality, well-designed guards meant for strength and durability for the best protection possible of our workers. Although choosing quality equipment does increase certain expenses, the end result is worth the cost. In our industry, we can’t put a price on coworker safety.

Types of Guards for Safety Standards

Guards are of two kinds, fixed or moveable. Tests are done to determine which part is suitable for an individual machine. A fixed guard isolates the worker from possible danger through a barrier. This keeps the user out of any potential hazard zones. If users need to moderately or occasionally access the hazard zone, moveable guards are the better choice. If zone access is more frequent, specialized safety devices are advisable.

Care and caution must be taken to position any/all types of guards far enough away from danger to eliminate any chance of someone entering the hazard zone. Another step is to ensure guards are secured by proper fasteners and only removable with specialized tools to prevent detachment without authorization.

Creating Safe Work Conditions

At Base Construction we train all employees to comply with the highest safety standards and adhere to our internal Injury and Illness Prevention Program. We also follow the standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Cal/OSHA. The result is superior safety records at our facility.

Regulations You can Find at Base

  1. OSHA’s General Regulatory Guard Requirements * Found under 1910 Subpart O – Machinery and Machine Guarding
  2. ANSI’s B11 Machine Guarding Standards

On-Site Industrial Safety

Base Construction operates under the safety philosophy that a job is only done well when carried out safely, without accidents or narrowly avoided issues. We choose top-of-the-line guards for rotating equipment applications to protect workers on industrial projects that range from process piping to structural steel fabrication.

For unmatched industrial contractor services for any industry, contact us today. Also, be sure to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest industry developments. For more information on safety take a look at our June blog and keep an eye out for part II of our safety series.

Recent California Rain Signals an End to Years-Long Drought

California’s severe drought, which began in 2014, finally appears to be over. At its height, certain locations, primarily Central and Southern California, experienced extreme or exceptional drought conditions, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Today, three years later, the historic California drought is coming to an end. This winter was an exceptionally rainy one for California — its wettest on record, with 7 feet of snowfall accumulation in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

State reservoirs, including Lake Oroville, California’s second largest, have largely returned to or even surpassed historical average levels. Just last month, Governor Brown signed an executive order ending the state of drought emergency. It was left in effect, however, for four counties: Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

These counties, as well as Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, are still experiencing lingering drought conditions — ranging from abnormally dry to moderate drought to severe drought — or drinking water shortages.

While emergency mandatory water conservation standards — enacted by the State Water Resources Control Board when Governor Brown declared the state of emergency — have been rescinded, emergency water reporting requirements and wasteful practice prohibitions have been left in place statewide. These include restrictions on lawn watering, hose use, and irrigation of ornamental landscaping.

In fact, under Governor Brown’s direction, the Control Board is investigating making certain reporting requirements and prohibitions permanent. The ultimate goal is to help make water conservation a way of life for Californians, not only to better our relationship with the environment but also to help ease the negative impact of future droughts.

Located in Southern California, the team here at Base Construction, Inc. keenly felt the effects of this drought, and we’ve been working hard to support important water conservation efforts over these past few years. While the end of the drought is in sight, we’ll remain committed to smart water use going forward in everything we do.

To keep up to date with Base Construction’s latest news and projects, follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To discuss a project with us directly, contact us today.

Handicap Compliant Construction

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, buildings across the nation are still working to catch up with the required construction codes that make many physical sites user-friendly. Even though the civil rights movement had been going long before the passing of the ADA, few buildings already had accommodations in place. Because of this, buildings built prior to the new laws were anything but compliant with them. This important feature of a building enables those who need alternate accommodations to be able to access what most other people take for granted.

Many facilities, including industrial buildings, weren’t built for handicap access. Though modern buildings have addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act by incorporating accessibilities like low-rise sinks and wheelchair ramps, some older buildings are still out of compliance with the law.

For any buildings that aren’t yet compliant or need upgrades or more accessibility, spring and summer are the ideal times to work on these internal company issues. Whether your business needs work done on restrooms, offices, or exteriors, Base Construction can help to ensure your building is compliant with the law and offers those with handicaps the same access as everyone else. As an industry leader, our team understands the need for handicap access.

Here at Base, we serve a wide range of industries, including aerospace, electronics, industrial, chemical, food, pharmaceutical,  wastewater, natural gas, automotive, and more. Whether you’ve got a large industrial plant or a small office building, our experts can easily identify and correct any handicap access issue you might have. From installing handicap accessible sinks to providing wheelchair ramps, we have professionals ready to help you improve your building. We invite you to contact one of our experts to find out just how we can help you get your project done on time,  on budget, and within code standards.

To learn more about our company, missions, values, and the industry, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Underground Piping Helps Contribute to Earth Day

Here at Base Construction, we’re proud to work on any project that helps to improve our environment. Right now, we’re working with Nellson LLC, a company based out of Anaheim, CA that creates some of the best bar and powder nutrition products available on the market. We’re currently constructing an underground drain system for their industrial wastewater.

The system we’re constructing has been designed to collect all of their industrial wastewater into one central location where it can then be clarified, degreased and cleaned thru pumping and advanced treatment processes before it is disposed to a city wastewater treatment facility. Ultimately, this water is drained into city sewer systems. Disposing of wastewater correctly is important for our planet and the future of our environment and other ecosystems.  Treating industrial wastewater the right way before it gets to the city sewer system helps increase quality and quantity of reclaim water which could be used in many applications besides fresh city water.

Worldwide, every society needs clean water to live, and estimates show that by 2025, as much as two-thirds of people around the globe will be facing potential water shortages. Contributing to this are stressed ecosystems due to an exploding population in the last 50 years. In an effort to combat this alarming trend, companies can dispose of wastewater in the right way. There’s no better time for people to get involved than with Earth Day right around the corner on April 22nd.

Although seventy percent of the planet is covered with water, only a small fraction of that is freshwater. Finding new solutions, doing what we can now, and bringing awareness to the global water problem will all help to set our planet back on the right path. Our project with Nellson LLC was completed at the end of March, and we look forward to the next project that will help keep our planet going strong and providing much needed fresh water for everyone. Here at Base Construction, we contribute to industries like construction, industrial, green, and wastewater.

For more information or to connect with us, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn.

For any further project questions contact us today!